As ornate furniture designs and tufted luxury in sofas, chairs and footstools becomes more popular, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces a new Upholstery Goods department, stocking special tools and materials allowing upholsterers to answer fashion's demands.
With its new expanded focus, the company also introduced a new name, Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. William Schlemmer is now a full partner in the company and his son, William F. Schlemmer, is active in the business.
The same year that the 1st Vaudeville Theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts, the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is opened in New York, following 13 years of construction. With a span of over 1,500 feet, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world and is the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever built.
Hammacher Schlemmer introduces the Lougee Improved Hair Picker, a labor-saving machine that removes impurities from filling used in upholstery and mattresses. Similar in function to a cotton gin, the device "supplies a want long felt in the furniture trade…it would pay for itself in one season in labor-saving."